Law 644 - The Executive Power: Law, Theory and History

Blake Emerson

Blake Emerson

Assistant Professor of Law
B.A, Williams College, 2007
M.A., Yale University, 2013
M. Phil, Yale University, 2013
Ph.D., Yale University, 2016
J.D., Yale Law School, 2017
UCLA Faculty Since 2018
Course Description:

This course will examine the nature of “the executive power” from legal, theoretical, and historical perspectives. The executive branch exercises vast legal authority, in the form of executive orders, regulations, enforcement, official appointments, and much more. Yet most of the law school curriculum focuses on the other two branches of government—the legislature and the judiciary. This course helps students to understand the complex relationships, powers and duties that constitute the executive. We will consider political philosophies of executive power; the early constitutional understanding of the executive; the development of the modern administrative state and the managerial presidency; and recent cutting-edge scholarship on presidential authority.

Course Learning Outcomes:

1. Understanding of American constitutional theory.

2. Familiarity with key caselaw on the executive power.

3. Historical comprehension of development of the executive branch.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Blake Emerson 19F 644 SEM 1 T 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No Per instructor's discretion